The Flight of the Courageous Egg

egg1The high school of the World Community Education Center did an Egg Drop for their Conceptual Physics class on Thursday the 5th, at 11:30am. The goal of it was to drop an egg from their class windows, 2 stories from the ground, in a contraption, so it wouldn’t break. The physics concept they were trying to prove was that the longer the time of impact, the less force acting upon the object. We needed to extend the time of impact so that the force would not be enough to break the egg.

The students all prepared for the egg drop by collecting things for the drop at home, the night before. Diyaa and Hanan even created an egg friend named Amelia Egghart. They wrote a song about her too.

Amelia Egghart the Song by Diyaa and Hananegg2

Amelia Egghart was born the night, of November 4th ready for flight.

Amelia Egghart knows how to fly, and she’s not going to die!

Today, our plan is to toss her out of a window, and our goal is to get her to go down real slow.

Amelia Egghart knows how to fly, and she’s not going to die!

The slower she goes, the more likely she prevails, so that we can sing about her future tales.

Amelia Egghart knows how to fly, and she’s not going to die!

If you wonder how her adventurous story ends, then tune in tomorrow to hear of the events.

Amelia Egghart knows how to fly, and she’s not going to die!

Amelia Egghart knows how to fly, and she’s not going to die!

 

egg3The high school class proceeded with their experiment. They agreed on what they would try to accomplish. They then started on their designs:

Design 1: A bundle of soft things to cushion the fall.

Design 2: A parachute with a basket of fluff to slow the decent.

  • For Design 1, they all wrapped it up with a golf ball – named Amelia Egghart Prototype, but called Proto –and dropped it. It bounced enough to be dangerous to the egg. If the contraption bounces, the force is at its maximum, because extra force is needed to push it into the air again. They added a towel and a styrofoam block for weight and extra support. Then Amelia took her first flight. And she survived! Design 1 was a success!
  • For Design 2, Josh, the most scientific and most learned in the making of parachutes, made one out of a trash bag and string. It was made very well and was very sturdy. They then tried to drop Proto multiple times, and then they were ready for Amelia. With all of the Upper and Lower Elementary students watching, she took her last flight. She glided down slowly and landed smoothly, to the cheers of her audience. The brave, heroic Amelia survived the egg drop. Hip Hip Hurray for Amelia!

P.S. No eggs were harmed in the production of this experiment. Watch the Video here.

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